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    Gerunds

    Hi, there
    Could you tell me whether or not gerunds can serve as object complements?
    If they can, help me with an example,please. Thank you for your help.

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    Re: Gerunds

    Gerunds may also be used (though this not common) as object complements:
    Ex: Ms. Jones considers tardiness being more than five minutes late for class.

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    Object complements with gerunds are possible with only a few verbs. The most common ones are call
    and consider.

    Gerunds: Form and Use (#1), by Dennis Oliver - Free English Grammar Lessons

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    Re: Gerunds

    Hi,
    Thank you for your help, Soup. The information you kindly offered me really helps. But could you do me another favor to tell if the -ing forms in the sentences below are gerunds?
    (a) I can still vividly remember my grandmother teaching me to play the piano.
    (b)I can just imagine him saying that!
    I'd appreciate it if you'd help me out.

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    Re: Gerunds

    Quote Originally Posted by lisa666 View Post
    Hi,
    Thank you for your help, Soup. The information you kindly offered me really helps. But could you do me another favor to tell if the -ing forms in the sentences below are gerunds?
    (a) I can still vividly remember my grandmother teaching me to play the piano.
    (b)I can just imagine him saying that!
    I'd appreciate it if you'd help me out.
    In general, verbs which have to do with perceiving, judging, or changing something can cause their direct objects to take an object complement:

    Paint it black.
    The judge ruled her out of order.
    I saw the Prime Minister sleeping.

    In every case, you could reconstruct the last part of the sentence into a sentence of its own using a subject complement: "it is black," "she is out of order," "the Prime Minister is sleeping."

    Objects and Complements

    (a) I remember my grandmother teaching me to play the piano.
    Check it => In my mind, my grandmother is teaching me to play the piano.


    (b) I can just imagine him saying that!
    Check it => In my mind, he is saying that!

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    Re: Gerunds

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    In general, verbs which have to do with perceiving, judging, or changing something can cause their direct objects to take an object complement:

    Paint it black.
    The judge ruled her out of order.
    I saw the Prime Minister sleeping.

    In every case, you could reconstruct the last part of the sentence into a sentence of its own using a subject complement: "it is black," "she is out of order," "the Prime Minister is sleeping."

    Objects and Complements

    (a) I remember my grandmother teaching me to play the piano.
    Check it => In my mind, my grandmother is teaching me to play the piano.


    (b) I can just imagine him saying that!
    Check it => In my mind, he is saying that!
    Again, thanks for your help, Soup. Judging from the explanation you gave me, I've drawn an conclusion that sleeping, teaching, and saying are present participles, not gerunds, because all of them are used to show continuous actions. Please tell me if I am wrong. Thank you.

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